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Constable Abner Dement | Rutherford County Constable's Office, Tennessee Rutherford County Constable's Office, Tennessee

Constable

Abner Dement

Rutherford County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, September 7, 1878

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/20/1878

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched

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Constable Abner Dement succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on August 20th, 1878, while attempting to arrest a man wanted for stealing a horse.

He had accompanied the victim of the larceny to the suspect's home. Constable Dement advised the man he was under arrest and attempted to take him by the arm. The man pulled away and then shot Constable Dement in the abdomen.

The citizen who was with Constable Dement returned fire and wounded the subject. Constable Dement was taken to his home where his condition continued to deteriorate until he passed away on September 7th, 1878. The man who shot him was removed from the county jail in Murfreesboro and lynched by an angry mob after Constable Dement's death.

Constable Dement had served as the elected constable for Rutherford County's 22nd District for approximately eight years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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The mob mentality that kicked in to avenge your death speaks volumes of how you were looked upon. The respect and admiration must have been outstanding, Constable Dement.

I pray you are resting comfortably and I am confident that God has blessed you and all your descendants.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 22, 2017

 

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